June 10, 2012 in Sports

Love heads up 3-way tie at St. Jude Classic

From Staff And Wire Reports

Golf: U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III shot his third straight 2-under-par 68 on Saturday to join Nick O’Hern and John Merrick atop the leaderboard at the windy St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn.

Love only committed to play in Memphis recently, waiting to make sure he was healthy enough to use this event as a final tuneup for the U.S. Open after qualifying Monday in Columbus, Ohio.

Love, who hasn’t won since 2008, had three birdies and only one bogey to match O’Hern and Merrick at 6 under 204. O’Hern had a 67, and Merrick shot 69.

Rory McIlroy, who will try to defend his U.S. Open title next week at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, had a one-stroke lead when he teed off. He shot a 2-over 72 in a round that featured six bogeys and four birdies and is tied at 5 under.

Dustin Johnson, making his second start after a 2 1/2-month layoff recovering from back pain, also was in the group at 5 under after a 67. J.B. Holmes was in that knot atop the leaderboard going to No. 18, but hit his tee shot into a bunker and three-putted for a double bogey to finish at 4 under.

Conditions got tougher as the greens firmed up at the TPC Southwind course along with the wind picking up through the day and gusting up to 23 mph at times. PGA Tour officials already have pushed up tee times for this morning and will use threesomes off both tees hoping to squeeze in the final round before thunderstorms expected in the afternoon.

Lehman takes 2-stroke lead in Regions Tradition: Defending champion Tom Lehman shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Regions Tradition, a Champions Tour major.

Lehman had a 10-under 206 total at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala. Peter Senior, a playoff loser to Lehman last year, and Jeff Sluman were tied for second. Senior shot 66, and Sluman 70 on an overcast, gusty and sometimes drizzly day.

Kirk Triplett (former Pullman resident) shot a 2-over 72 and is tied for 25th at 1 over.

Ji leads after 3 rounds at LPGA Championship: Eun-Hee Ji shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over Karrie Webb after the third round of the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y.

Ji was 4 under at Locust Hill. Webb had a 68, matching Ji for the best round of the tournament.

Paula Creamer was at or near the top most of the day, but faltered at the end and finished with a 73. She was in a seven-way tie at 1 under.

Britain and Ireland cut U.S. lead to 1 in Curtis Cup: Britain and Ireland moved within a point of the United States in the Curtis Cup in Nairn, Scotland, taking 2 1/2 of three points in the afternoon fourball matches.

The United States women led 6 1/2-5 1/2 entering the eight singles matches today. The U.S. team needs 10 points to retain the Cup, while Britain and Ireland need 10 1/2 to regain it.

The United States has won the biennial amateur competition the last seven times and leads the series 27-6-3.

Stony Brook tops LSU to even series

College baseball: Tyler Johnson threw a three-hitter and allowed an unearned run, and Stony Brook defeated LSU 3-1 in Baton Rouge, La., to even the super regional series at one game each.

LSU (47-17) could not muster the late-inning magic of the series opener, when the Tigers hit three game-tying homers before winning a rain-postponed game in the 12th inning Saturday morning.

Johnson improved to 12-1, and now Stony Brook (51-13) is one victory from its first College World Series, with the final game of the best-of-3 series slated for today.

Top-seeded Gators top Wolfpack: Mike Zunino homered and drove in three runs, Hudson Randall pitched seven scoreless innings and Florida beat North Carolina State 7-1 in the opener of their best-of-3 NCAA super regional series in Gainesville, Fla.

The top-seeded Gators (46-18) improved to 9-0 against Atlantic Coast Conference teams this season and need one more win to advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., for the third straight year.

Messi’s hat trick leads Argentina over Brazil

Soccer: Lionel Messi scored on three dazzling runs for his second international hat trick, finishing the season with a record 82 goals for club and country and giving Argentina to a 4-3 win over South American rival Brazil in an exhibition in East Rutherford, N.J.

Argentina’s Frederico Fernandez scored the game-winning goal in the 75th minute off a corner kick by Sergio Aguero, who had just entered the game.

Orozco edges Leyva for U.S. championship

Gymnastics: John Orozco rallied to win the U.S. men’s gymnastics championships in St. Louis, edging defending champion Danell Leyva on the last rotation to give the Americans a potent one-two punch at next month’s London Olympics.

The 19-year-old from the Bronx trailed Leyva by two points with two events to go before putting together a pair of spectacular routines on high bar and floor exercise to lift the three-time U.S. junior champion to victory.

Orozco finished with a two-round total of 184.850, barely ahead of Leyva’s 184.800.

LSU women, Florida men win NCAA titles

Track and field: The Florida Gators men took home their first outdoor national title and the LSU women won their 15th in 31 years at the NCAA track and field meet in Des Moines, Iowa.

The SEC sweep snapped a three-year title run by the women and men of Texas A&M – and the Aggies join the league next fall.

The men’s team title came down to the final race, the 1,600 relay, between Florida, LSU and Texas A&M.

Anchor Tony McQuay gave the Gators the lead on the backstretch and the win in 3 minutes, 0.02 seconds.

Lagat wins 1,500 meters: Former Washington State athlete Bernard Lagat won the 1,500-meter run at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York. Lagat finished in 3:34.63.

Former Chiefs lead Norfolk to Calder Cup

Hockey: Former Spokane Chiefs player Tyler Johnson scored twice and had two assists and the Norfolk Admirals won their first Calder Cup title, beating the Toronto Marlies 6-1 to sweep the American Hockey League finals in Toronto.

Dustin Tokarski, who also played for the Chiefs, stopped 18 shots in goal.

Dauphine takes sixth stage; Wiggins leads

Cycling: Colombian rider Nairo Quintana won the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in Morzine, France, while Britain’s Bradley Wiggins retained the overall lead.

Quintana, of Spanish team Movistar, raced into Morzine, pulling ahead of his rivals halfway up the final climb of the Col de Joux Plane to finish the 104-mile mountain stage in 4:46.12.

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